ARMED cops arrested an alleged knifeman for attempted murder after a customer was stabbed and workers taken hostage in a petrol station siege.
Staff members were forced to hide in a safe room in the shop in Bristol as police attempted to end the siege on Thursday morning.
A man aged in his 20s was taken to hospital with non life-threatening knife wounds but no one else was injured.
Dramatic pictures show the suspect being led away in handcuffs by armed police after he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
Witnesses reported hearing loud bangs and seeing flashes as the siege was brought to an end.
Police have confirmed this was due to "distraction devices" being used - including a baton round.
A spokesperson said: "Officers were called to a petrol station in Hengrove, Bristol, this morning, Thursday 9 September, after a report of a man armed with a knife at the location. After two hours of negotiations, officers safely detained a man.
"Members of staff on site were uninjured having remained in a safe room and in contact with officers.
"A man in his 50s is currently at a police custody unit having been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and will be assessed by health professionals."
Officers were raced to the scene at around 7.41am today and closed the main road.
Dramatic moment ‘knifeman’ arrested for ‘attempted murder’ after stabbing customer in ‘hostage siege’ at petrol station
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